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Old 06-27-2012, 11:50 PM
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I got my '58 in 2003 with a zillion miles on it. Early on the water pump showed play in the shaft so I replaced it with a Brand X from the local auto parts store. Even painted it Ford Blue.

While working on my steering this spring I noticed coolant leaking out of it. As I had put a lot of effort into curing all leaks over the winter (expansion tank, a freeze plug . . ) this was really annoying.

So what were my options? Go to the local parts stores for a Brand X or a TBird parts supplier. In either case I end up with something probably from China.

As my car sits all winter, seals can fail so marginal quality stuff is a problem.

A peek at MAC's catalogue showed pumps for $120 or more.

Then I looked in Hemming's Services for rebuilders. I found Arthur Gould in New York state. Their web site is at

http://arthurgouldrebuilders.com/

I sent my original pump that came with the car (hiding in a corner of the garage; not like I ever get rid of anything). My reasons were as follows:

* 95% of the pump is reusable. Might be original too.

* the money ends in staying in America and the work done by Americans. I like supporting specialists who have spent a long time developing knowledge and skills I don't have.

* it cost $80 to be overhauled (vs $120 for a repro)

* the parts are better than original. Better seal, bearings.

* comes with a 1 year warranty.

* turn around time: 2 weeks

All I gotta do now is paint it Ford Blue! A win-win.

They also do fuel pumps and I may send them a 2 stage one for the TBird. They tell me with a little fine tuning they can get more than stock vaccum for the wipers.

In general, Hemming's has a listing of Services that a collection of specialists that do a few things really well. You can easily end up with something better than original. Definitely worth considering.

John
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:20 AM
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The new water pumps you see listed are most likely made in China but the remanufactured ones are done by Cardone Industries in Philadelphia. My neighbor works there. They're about $70-75 at most auto parts stores. That's what I use and haven't had a problem so far.

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